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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following is not an area very suitable for food production?
(a) The Cape region of South Africa
(b) The Pacific states in North America
(c) Iraq
(d) The Argentine pampas

2. The arrival of founder crops enabled local populations to become what?
(a) Obese
(b) Rich
(c) Nomadic
(d) Sedentary

3. Where did things like agriculture and writing develop?
(a) Western Europe
(b) The Arctic Circle
(c) Warm climates
(d) North America

4. Australia was joined together with which other area at the time that humans arrived?
(a) South America
(b) New Guinea
(c) Africa
(d) Japan

5. Groups tended to turn to food production after what happened?
(a) They discovered they could save time.
(b) They discovered that the foods were more healthy.
(c) Wild animal populations decreased.
(d) The number of seabirds increased.

Short Answer Questions

1. What infectious disease played a role in the European conquest of the Americas?

2. What slows the spread of domesticated plants?

3. Some people argue that examining domination leads to what type of focus?

4. What effect did infectious diseases have on the encounter between the Spanish and Incas?

5. Humans developed on what continent?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the developments happen later in the Americas than in Eurasia?

2. What was the development of humans like before the Great Leap Forward?

3. How are seeds dispersed?

4. How do historical sciences differ from non-historical sciences?

5. What are the four different types of societies that Diamond discusses?

6. How did leaders of kleptocracies gain support for their systems?

7. Why are the societies of Asia and the Pacific important according to Diamond?

8. What are the four linguistic families found in China?

9. What are some reasons why hunter-gatherers would adopt food production?

10. What are the three basic strategies for writing systems?

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